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Thursday, August 28, 2014

Country Fair Blog Party #24

Country Fair Blog Party by Country LINKed
With school back in swing, I thought things would settle down and we would all find a routine, but no we started corn harvest and there is absolutely no telling who will get the boys after school or where they will do their homework.

This week’s Country Fair Blog Party is going to be fun!  We are looking for your posts about anything COUNTRY!  Country kids, country crafts, country recipes or country living.

Do you wish for the country life?  Find great ideas and new blogs here at our link-up.

Come to the fair and bring your friends!

Now, on to last week’s winners!  Winners from Week #23:  (Click on the champions picture and it will take you to the post.)
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AGRICULTURE:  Stray Kernels
“Thankfully, I find corn to be an endlessly fascinating topic.” – Rhodora
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“Feast your eyes on these simple pickles that taste heavenly and take about five minutes to make.” – Caitlin
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Country Fair Blog Party Link-up:  Mystery Loaf unveiled
“I thought I’d share how I made tonight’s meatloaf which was a bit different because I had to substitute ingredients I didn’t have for ingredients I did. Let me just say… YUM!” – Nicole
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TRAVEL:  Nebraska Wheatie
“As the afternoon turned to early evening, I decided to venture out into the wide open spaces again. (It had been pretty darn hot!) So, I took a short walk just to see what I could see.” – Tracy
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“I write about some of the issues I work on in the office on a daily basis and hope that I also give you a better sense of what raising poultry means for the farmers I work for.” – Lara

Now, time to join week #24.  Here is how you link up to the Country Fair Blog Party:

Add Our Buttons!

Kelly who writes the blog Old Blue Silo and does some graphic design work is one such person.  She designed some super buttons for the blog party that you can "grab."  Please add this button to your side bar or your post, so every one know you are linking up to our party.
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If you have been featured as one of our champions, we now have a purple ribbon for you to proudly display on your champion post.
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Please be kind and follow your hosts for this party:

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

The Farmer in the Making is Getting Ready for Harvest

We went to check our Little Farmer's corn field last week before I went to the +AgChat Conference and I really thought I would find time to finish this post, but sadly I did not.  We started picking corn just down the road from his field today and he is sure hoping we wait until the weekend to pick his field of corn.

You can see that the stalks have really been drying down and dying.
The ears are really big for our area and many stalks have 2 ears.
The first ear is fully filled and the second ears are small, but they are there!
Farmer Dad broke open an ear, so we could see how big the kernals were.
He also pointed out the black layer.  The Little Farmer and I learned that when the black layer appears in the kernels when the cell walls collapse.  The ear no longer takes in water and nutrients, but the kernels can't shrink either.
The ground in a little dry and the soybeans sure could use a bit of rain if anyone has connections in that department.
We are all pretty excited to see ears that are full to the tip.
My little guy like this little ear.  Where Farmer dad is pointing is where the plant ran out of water and nutrients and decided not to fill the rest of the ear.
Pretty awesome to see ears like that in Southeast Kansas. 

I know this doesn't look that awesome corn to my friends in Illinois and Indiana, but after the past years of drought this is super exciting for us.  The Little Farmer just might have enough corn to pay for all of his expenses. 

How is your week going? 
Do you know where the corn goes when it leaves our farm?
Check out This Little Grain Went to Market if you are curious.

-A Kansas Farm Mom